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Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition
After the deadly Camp Fire, a dog waited for his owners to return. They've finally been reunited.
Comey defends FBI and himself in interview with House panels
Southwest South Dakota woman arrested after fatal stabbing
Party on? The White House's holiday press soiree may be a ghost of Christmas past
Tesla may consider buying idle GM plants
US economy adds 155,000 jobs in November, below expectations; unemployment, 3.7 percent
Cupkie Christmas Village is a true holiday experience!
FFA state champions crowned in leadership development events
Smithfield Foods fined over $53K for water quality violations
place a business brief
Truce or not, US soy, liquefied natural gas look unappetizing now for China
Report details efforts to rescue mother fatally pinned by hay bale
4 things to avoid co-op financial woes: Boards can learn from Ashby, Minn., scandal
Wheeler dealer: Young grain merchant suddenly owes $5M
Field of drains: Record-setting flood year raising interest in tile
Lillard’s big shots lift Blazers over Wolves
Kernels come up short: Mitchell boys narrowly miss chance at overtime against Huron
Pouring it in: Kernel offense puts on fireworks display behind Limberg's 26
Atlanta caps dream season with MLS Cup title over Portland
Photos from the SDSU women's 80-71 win over No. 21 Drake
Joseph Philip Wagner
David E Glanzer
Don F. Garvis
Veeder: The light of childhood reminds us to embrace life
LETTER: Let's really look at evolution
Swift: Saving 'Niece-mas' by getting with the program
OPINION: A special day for the Corn Palace
Bursack: People with dementia still sensitive to caregiver's body language
Examining mallards: New technology helping gather information on ducks
Optimism brings more hunters: Pheasant license sales up slightly
Side by side, veteran Minnesota wardens train rookies
Controversial South Dakota deer-hunting license system changes still a possibility
Wardens wrestle deer that crashed into Minn. basement
Charlie & Karen Prickett
Charlotte "Chuckie" Mayer
MERCER: State's records aren't so open
PIERRE — Public records are one place where the public comes up short in South Dakota. There was good intention, back in 2009, when the...
July 9, 2018 - 2:04pm
April 20, 2018
Minnesota judge says Wetterling files are public; family of abducted boy will seek to change privacy laws
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A Minnesota judge ruled Thursday that all the documents in the investigative file in the Jacob Wetterling case must be...
April 20, 2018 - 4:45pm
August 30, 2017
WOSTER: Time to open the window wider on open records
Back in the Dark Ages of open government, when transparency meant opaqueness, I once testified on the open meetings law. It was a favor for the...
August 30, 2017 - 9:15am
August 21, 2017
MERCER: Time to revisit state laws on open records
PIERRE — The 105 members of the Legislature and the governor might want to take a fresh look in the 2018 session at South Dakota's laws...
August 21, 2017 - 9:15am
OUR VIEW: An open records request
Open records should always be easily accessible. And while that's not always the case, we applaud one local law enforcement agency for going...
July 21, 2017 - 8:41am
March 19, 2015
Posting FOIA releases online saves agencies time and money
The silver lining of the Hillary Clinton email debacle is that the Department of State is well positioned to post all of Clinton's emails online...
March 19, 2015 - 5:47pm
March 18, 2015
COLUMN: Surveillance, bodycams and Aretha Franklin
Cameras of all sorts are everywhere. Sometimes what they record is routine and innocuous, but often the events that are captured raise questions. When...
March 18, 2015 - 1:39pm
January 16, 2015
WOSTER: Citizen access to public info just a click away
I wrote recently about citizens' right to petition their government (in the context of approaching the state Legislature), and I indicated that...
January 16, 2015 - 5:06pm
October 2, 2014
Bollen conflict-of-interest forms request denied
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's Board of Regents is refusing to release documents about potential conflicts of interest regarding Joop Bollen, the former director of a troubled immigration program. The board denied an open records request from the Argus Leader newspaper....
October 2, 2014 - 7:48am
September 8, 2014
MERCER: Where is the Benda report?
PIERRE -- This is the month, one year ago, when the legal noose began to tighten around a suspected criminal. State government's top law enforcement...
September 8, 2014 - 7:21am
August 24, 2014
SD reporter sues to get Benda death reports
'The attorney general appropriated to himself authority to create and enforce special criteria for release of the records,' reporter claims in suit.
August 24, 2014 - 9:44pm
August 21, 2014
Uranium mining company must release survey data, federal licensing board says
RAPID CITY (AP) — A mining company must release the results of a geological survey that opponents of its proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota say is necessary to ensure that local aquifers are protected, a federal licensing board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled...
August 21, 2014 - 8:35am
August 11, 2014
SD uranium mine opponents want more info released
RAPID CITY (AP) — Opponents of a proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota want more information released to ensure local aquifers are protected. The Clean Water Alliance said a detailed geological survey could show threats to local aquifers if the project is approved. "The...
August 11, 2014 - 12:10am
August 3, 2014
MERCER: Out of the darkness, sun shining on state tax refunds
PIERRE -- State government awarded $113,985,231.94 in construction tax refunds for projects in South Dakota between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 2014. More than $67 million of those refunds came since early 2009. Those were under a state program that expired at the end of 2012. Projects...
August 3, 2014 - 10:25pm
March 25, 2014
OUR VIEW: Why we sought school budgets
We riled up some school officials around the Mitchell area last week with our surprise openness audit. In conjunction with Sunshine Week,...
March 25, 2014 - 9:22pm